Since 1994, Shared Interest has been a catalyst for change in Southern Africa.
By unlocking local capital and building capacity for entrepreneurs, we are benefiting low-income communities, helping them invest in a brighter future.
KEY IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS
BY THE NUMBERS
Impact Report: August 31, 2017
Three Levels of Impact
Beneficiaries Received Technical Support
Financial Institutions Strengthened by Technical Support
Grassroots Lenders and Businesses
Major Financial Istitutions
Mainstream Finance Catalyzed
Commercial Loans Issued
Capital Leverage Ratio (% of value of
Guarantee Funds Called
Investor Funds Lost
Based on impact data and exchange rates as of August 31, 2017: ZAR13.013886= US$1.
All reported beneficiaries reside in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland.
The current focus of the guarantee portfolio is on small and growing businesses (SGBs) and early stage agribusinesses and cooperatives.
Our jobs tally is the sum of the estimated numbers of positions created by partner microfinance institutions’ clients and by SGBs, small-holder farmer beneficiaries and housing construction employees.
Impact numbers would be higher if we included indirect beneficiaries, including learners at rural Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal schools or informal settlement residents who benefit from Western Cape storm drainage systems.
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
KEY TO IMPACT
Our impact is ultimately about relationships: with our long-term investors whose capital allows us to provide the loan guarantees; our trusted field partners who source, diligence, and monitor potential beneficiaries; and, the industrious entrepreneurs and farmers who scale their businesses and production with our support. We place an emphasis on transparency, communication, and collaboration at all levels with stakeholders throughout the investment process.
MEASURING OUR SUCCESS
Numbers are only one type of metric. Often, it is the entrepreneurs themselves who confirm our impact. Whether it is a leader of an agricultural cooperative growing citrus fruits in the Western Cape, a civil engineer constructing schools in Kwazulu Natal, or a cement manufacturer in Mozambique utilizing sustainable production methods, the recipients of our guarantees tell their own stories of impact.